Arrin Hawkins is an American activist and political candidate. Hawkins ran as the vice presidential nominee of the Socialist Workers Party in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, while Róger Calero ran for president.

Because she could not reach 35 years of age in time for inauguration, she was constitutionally ineligible to serve as vice president. Therefore, some states did not allow Hawkins's name to be listed on the ballot. In those states, Margaret Trowe, the Socialist Workers' vice-presidential candidate from the 2000 ticket, stood in for her on the ballot.[1] Calero also required an alternate in some states, because he was born in Nicaragua; the original candidate Martin Koppel would also have been ineligible.[2] The ticket with Calero at the head won 5,150 votes and that with James Harris won 2,424.[3]

As the running mate of Martin Koppel, she was the SWP candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 2002.[4] She ran for Manhattan Borough president in 2005, winning 2,375 votes (1%), losing by a wide margin to Scott Stringer.[5]

Hawkins is a leader in the youth wing of the Socialist Workers' Party. She holds a degree from the University of Minnesota, where she spent time in Senegal studying the role of women in African society.


  1. ^ "Presidency 2004". Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2007-10-16. Margaret Trowe is the SWP surrogate nominee for Vice President in any states that will not accept Hawkins as a qualified candidate because she is a not constitutionally eligible.
  2. ^ Mosley-Sims, Carmen (2004). "Ballot Access Restrictions in Representative Government: An Ode to the Wasted Vote". U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 26 (Summer): 710 n.41.
  3. ^ "OFFICIAL GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR UNITED STATES PRESIDENT" (PDF). US Federal Elections Commission. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. ^ Ron Gunzburger (2004). "Guide to the 2004 Socialist Workers Party Presidential Candidate". Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. ^ Patrick D. Healy; et al. (November 9, 2005). "The 2005 Elections". New York Times. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
Party political offices Preceded byMargaret Trowe Socialist Workers Party nominee for Vice President of the United States1 2004 Succeeded byAlyson Kennedy Notes and references 1. Margaret Trowe, the SWP's 2000 Vice Presidential nominee, was used as a stand-in candidate in states were Hawkins could not be listed on the ballot. This was because Hawkins did not meet the requirements to be vice president.